WHEREAS, Our nation’s drug problem has reached alarming proportions, causing overwhelming pain and grief; and
WHEREAS, This deadly enemy recognizes no limits, claiming victims in both urban and rural communities regardless of racial, economic, or religious background; and
WHEREAS, Drug abuse continues to erode the physical, moral, and spiritual wellbeing of our nation; and
WHEREAS, Every faithful Christian should bear a definite responsibility to achieve a successful solution to this growing problem;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, That we, messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, at our annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, June 1719, 1997, dedicate ourselves to active involvement in the effort to rid our country of drug abuse; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That because of our desire to provide good examples for those whom we love, particularly our young people, we promise total abstention from all alcoholic beverages and all illegal drugs, and furthermore we promise to never abuse medications prescribed by doctors or sold over the counter; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we will seek to enhance public awareness of the problem and its consequences and encourage our Christian leaders and the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention to minister to those harmed by drug abuse.